Designed for individuals employed by Incompass Michigan Organizational Members who have the desire and ambition to advance in our industry. The Academy builds a rich cohort of participants diverse in geography, area of program responsibility, and career development – inclusive of individuals ready to make the leap to senior leadership now, and those in the earlier stages of their leadership journey.

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Tuition for 2024 is $900

Class size is limited to 20 participants, apply early. Application deadline is 9/15/23.

VISION: The Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy is a professional development program targeting employees who demonstrate leadership potential, commitment to the future of our industry, and a strong drive to achieve greater levels of responsibility. The Leadership Academy is Incompass Michigan ‘s commitment to, and investment in, the development of future leaders with high potential to positively impact future industry growth and success.


  • To enhance the leadership, communication, strategic planning, interpersonal, and managerial skills of high potential employees within our industry.
  • To prepare the next generation of leaders to guide our industry into the future through innovation, collaboration, and leadership.
  • To build a network of professional relationships among current and future leaders.
  • To promote career satisfaction and recognize career potential of senior staff. To promote life-long learning and professional development.

The program also has a mentoring component that facilitates a relationship between each Academy participant and a CEO or member of upper management from another Incompass Michigan member organization – for one-on-one discussion, guidance, advice, and opportunities to learn how the subject matter addressed in the classroom is applied in the working world.

2023-2024 Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy Curriculum
Full participation in all sessions is required for graduation from the program.

Leadership Skills – October 3 & 4, 2023
(in person 9:00-4:30 on day one and 8:30-Noon on day two, Troy)

with Sandy Harvey, Exodus Consulting Group

Finance and Accounting – November 21, 2023
(in person 9:00-5:00, Saginaw)

with Kristine Doran, Inland Plywood
+homework assignment and 1 virtual homework session (1 hour)

Allyship at Work – December 6, 2023
(Virtual, 9:00-3:00)

with Laurie Morse-Dell, Incompass Michigan
+3 virtual homework sessions (1 hour each)

Non-profit Governance and Board Relations – February 26, 27, 28, 29, 2024
(Virtual, 1:00-3:00 each day)
with Cherie Johnson, MMI
+homework assignment

Legislative Advocacy – March 2024
(Virtual, 2 hours)

with Sandi Jones, MHSA
+homework assignment and 1 virtual homework session (1 hour)

Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture – April 17, 2024
(in person 9:00-4:30, Southfield)

with Dennis Blender, Blender Consulting Group
+homework assignment and 1 virtual homework session (1 hour)

Graduation ceremony on June 6, 2024 at the Incompass Michigan Leadership Conference. While we would love to celebrate your achievement in person, it is not a requirement to attend or a stipulation of your completion of the program. It is completely separate from the Leadership Academy and requires a separate registration.
*There is a free, bonus networking lunch for 2024 Leadership Academy graduates on June 5 before the conference starts.

We are unable to offer refunds for the Leadership Academy after September 26, 2023.

Contact: for more information.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY by September 15


Here is a sample of what participants have to say about the value of Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy 

“Incompass Michigan is a wonderful organization with people dedicated to the development and rights of individuals with disabilities. The leadership academy was a great experience. Talking with like-minded individuals, learning about other organizations and how our organizations better our communities was an invaluable experience. The leaders and speakers were very informative and uplifting.”  

– D. McKimmy, Thumb Industries, Inc.


“…It will be an experience like no other. Not only will they learn great leadership skills, but they will also make lifelong friendships and connections.”  

 – J. Cornelison, Esther’s Hope


“The opportunity to create a network of professionals in our field is one of the greatest strengths of the program.” 

– S. George, Peckham, Inc.

Community of Practice

Graduates and current participants of the Incompass Michigan Leadership Academy can join our online Community of Practice to discuss hot topics, advice, feedback, collaboration and best practices. Click here to visit the COP.